JOSH MARKOWITZ SAVES COMEDY!
In Grouch Bag, my first Middle Grade novel, a 12-year old kid from Oregon with a flair for comedy travels back in time to 1908 to convince the Marx Brothers to begin their comedic careers. Helping Josh in his journey are Slivers the Clown (based on Frank "Slivers" Oakley, who was the Michael Jordan of clowning in the early 1900's), pals Omar and Stevie, and Amy Connors, who likes to pretend she's an English exchange student named Elizabeth Walcot Woolcott. And of course, Julius, Adolph and Leonard Marx, before they assumed their stage nicknames of Groucho, Harpo and Chico.
It's fast and funny, as historically accurate as I could make it, and a shout-out to the life-sustaining, evergreen qualities of comedy and laughter.
"GROUCH BAG" -- A purse or wallet worn under the clothing of a traveling vaudeville performer to protect his or her money and valuables.
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